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King Abdullah to implement major internal reform
King Abdullah II said there will be amendments to several laws and legislation and gradually get rid of bureaucracy which hinders the progress of society and economic growth which we have put as a national priority.
Jordan, Politics, 11/15/1999
Palestinians celebrate the anniversary of their independence
Thousands of the Palestinians gathered in Nablus yesterday to celebrate the 11th anniversary of declaring Palestinian independence, one day before the scheduled additional withdrawal by Israel from more lands in the West Bank to be controlled by the Palestinian government.
Palestine, Politics, 11/15/1999
Gulf states continue unification steps in defense and commerce
The general secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council announced on Sunday that defense ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council member states will meet a periodical meeting in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Tuesday and that the meeting will last for two days.
Gulf, Politics, 11/15/1999
Moroccan-Libyan high commission meeting, bilateral trade far short of potential
Youssoufi deemed it "impossible" to promote economic relations without an air connection between Morocco and Libya. Moroccan minister of trade, industry and handicraft, Alami Tazi, who was member of Youssoufi's party, pleaded at a meeting with his Libyan peer, Meftah Ali Azzouza, for the promotion of trade exchanges saying these exchanges can reach at the mid term $ 400 million.
Libya-Morocco, Economics, 11/15/1999
Signing Egyptian - Korean cooperation agreements
Egypt and South Korea signed two cooperation agreements, the first for peaceful cooperation in using nuclear energy and the second for a cooperation protocol between the Egyptian diplomatic institute and the Foreign Ministry and ministries of national security and trade in South Korea.
Egypt-South Korea, Politics, 11/15/1999
Bouteflika heads to Italy
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika headed today on an official visit ti Italy at the invitation of the Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, which is the first since he took office on April 16.
Algeria-Italy, Politics, 11/15/1999
King Abdullah starts visit to France today
Jordan's King Abdullah II started a four day official visit to France today, during which he will hold talks with French President Jacques Chirac and the high-ranking French officials on means of magnifying bilateral relations between the two countries, especially in the economic and investment fields, and pushing forward the peace process on all levels.
Jordan-France, Politics, 11/15/1999
Communications between Iran, Egypt, Syria and Saudi Arabia on Israeli explosions in the Dead Sea
Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi held phone talks yesterday with Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa, Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa, and Saudi Foreign Prince Saud al-Faisal to discuss the issue of the Israeli explosions in the Dead Sea.
Regional-Israel, Politics, 11/15/1999
Boutaflika meets with Saudi envoy
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika met on Saturday with a Saudi envoy amid news that Riyadh is making mediation to bridge relations between Algeria and Morocco.
Algeria-Saudi Arabia, Politics, 11/15/1999
Mauritanian president meets UN special representative for Sahara
Special representative of the UN secretary general for the Sahara, William Eagleton, informed on Sunday Mauritanian president, Mouaouiya Ould Sid Ahmed Taya, of the postponement of the UN-referendum in the Sahara.
Mauritania-Morocco, Politics, 11/15/1999
Deterioration in relations between Mauritania and Algeria
Mauritania-Algeria, Politics, 11/15/1999
King Abdullah: Relations between Syria and Jordan are improving
King Abdullah of Jordan has asserted that relations with Syria have become much better than they were before.
Jordan-Syria, Politics, 11/15/1999
Toward expelling the People's Front from the Palestinian opposition alliance
Members of the follow up committee of the opposition Palestinian groups, which takes Damascus as a headquarters, held a meeting on Sunday in Damascus in the absence of the People's Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which was not invited to the meeting, which is considered a step toward expelling it for its contacts with the Palestinian Authority.
Syria, Politics, 11/15/1999
Jordan: No settlement has been made yet for the Hamas case
A new round of dialogue has failed between the Jordanian government and the Muslim Brothers group to reach a solution to the question of the Hamas resistance movement, amid a Jordanian governmental persistence on the need of the detained Hamas leaders to leave Jordan as a precondition to releasing them.
Jordan, Politics, 11/15/1999
Arab Investment Guarantees Institute holds 8th Arab business conference
The Arab Investment Guarantees Institute (AIGI), the Arab League and a group of Tunisian economic corporations are holding the 8th conference for Arab investors and businessmen this Nov. 23-25.
Regional, Economics, 11/15/1999
Arab bourses union opens annual meeting
The 19th annual conference of the Arab bourses and financial markets opened on Sunday with participation of representatives of most Arab bourses and 55 financial institutes.
Regional, Economics, 11/15/1999
On the Yemeni oil pipeline explosion
A tribal source in Yemen said on Sunday that Yemeni security forces cordoned off a Yemeni village on suspicions that members of its tribe had exploded the main oil pipelines in the country.
Yemen, Politics, 11/15/1999
First Saudi exposition in Iran
The first Saudi trade exposition in Iran was opened in Tehran on Sunday, and it will last for six days.
Saudi Arabia-Iran, Economics, 11/15/1999
Sudanese opposition: Campala conference could be postponed without peace initiatives coordination
Sudan, Politics, 11/15/1999
Conference calls for currencies basket for future Palestinian currency
Participants in a conference designed to study prospects of establishing an independent banking sector for the Palestinian-administered regions called on Sunday for establishing an adequate environment to issue a Palestinian currency.
Palestine-Regional, Economics, 11/15/1999
Dubai aerospace exposition opens
The last air force exposition before the new millennium was opened in Dubai on Sunday with the participation of more than 500 companies representing more than 36 countries.
United Arab Emirates-International, Business, 11/15/1999
Iraqi-Iranian agreements on pilgrimage visits
Iranian Minister of Commerce Muhammad Shariat-Madari has announced that an agreement was reached with Iraqi that provides for 3,000 Iranian visitors to be able every week to visit the holy shrines in Iraq as of November 24.
Iraq-Iran, Politics, 11/15/1999
Morocco protests to Israel over injury of Moroccan councillor
The parliamentary group of the Socialist union of popular forces (USFP, participating in the Moroccan coalition government) condemned in a statement the aggression against the municipal official describing it as 'a "criminal act" that shows that the zionists are carrying on their policy of terror against Arab visitors to Palestine in their attempt to prevent contacts between the Palestinians and their Arab brethren.'
Morocco-Palestine, Politics, 11/15/1999
Opposition: Confrontation in Bahrain between demonstrators, security forces
The opposition in Bahrain said on Saturday that confrontations took place on Friday between anti-government demonstrators and security forces in Manama.
Bahrain, Politics, 11/15/1999
Israeli warplanes strike Lebanese houses
The Lebanese resistance on Sunday attacked two Israeli forces' positions inside the occupied part of south Lebanon.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 11/15/1999
Arafat and Barak fail to prevent delay of scheduled withdrawal today
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak were unable during a meeting held last night in Tel Aviv to solve a dispute that threatened Israel's scheduled withdrawal for more Palestinian lands today.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 11/15/1999
Crisis inside Israeli government on withdrawal from Lebanon
The Israeli government is passing through a crisis due to the disputes among its members regarding the issue of unilateral withdrawal from south Lebanon.
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 11/15/1999
Doctors Without Borders stops humanitarian activities in central Somalia
The Doctors Without Borders organization said today that it is stopping its humanitarian activities in Galkayo city in central Somalia after a robbery by a force took place in its headquarters on November 10.
Somalia, Politics, 11/15/1999
Weak performance of moroccan economy in 1999, think tank says
Morocco, Economics, 11/15/1999
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Monte Carlo radio on Sunday said the following: "Col. Bashar al-Assad, son of the Syrian President Hafez al-Assad, currently visiting Abu Dhabi, has promised to make economic and administrative measures, very shortly in Syria."
Saudi - Egyptian talks started today in the headquarters of the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, in which the Egyptian side was headed by Foreign Minister Amr Moussa and the Saudi side was headed by Saudi Foreign Minsiter Prince Saud al-Faisal. The meetings will last for 2 days. Mustafa El-Faki, the Egyptian assistant foreign minister, said that the supreme joint committee between the two states will discuss the political, technical, economic, educational, cultural, youth, sports and social affairs, as well as cooperation between businessmen in the two states.
Sudanese President Omar El-Bashir depicted Egyptian - Sudanese relations as strategic, saying they started to return to normal as they used to be, adding that the Libyan - Egyptian initiative is able to tackle the Sudanese issue as its solution is based on direct discussions. Meanwhile, the Sudanese ambassador in Cairo, Ahmed Abd El-Halim, said in statements to Om Dorman that the anticipated visit of president El-Bashir to Cairo was agreed upon and that communications are currently being made to determine its date.
United Arab Emirates Minister of Information and Culture Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed al-Nahyan today pays a visit to Gaza, the first visit by an UAE official to the Palestinian self-rule territories. The UAE news agency said that on Tuesday that the UAE official will lay the foundation stone for the Zayed City project, which will be built there at a cost of US $250 million, SANA reported.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa said Egypt rejects the continuous Israeli attempts to seperate the Lebanese and Syrian tracks, saying existing relations between Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Syrian President Hafez al-Assad and the officials in the two states are continuous and are an example to be followed in Arab relations. He emphasized the importance of Israel's withdrawal from the Syrian Golan Heights, describing the US role in the peace process as very important and he rejected the Israeli policy to exclude the US from the negotiations, saying that this is a wrong policy that threatens the peace process.
US Middle East peace process coordinator Dennis Ross arrived in Tel Aviv today in an attempt to mediate between Tel Aviv and Gaza in the final status negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian government. Israel Radio said that Ross will hold several meetings with Israeli and Palestinian officials to eliminate obstacles before these negotiations.
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal met on Sunday in Riyadh with a German parliamentary delegation currently visiting Saudi Arabia and discussed with its members bilateral relations, means of developing them and regional and international issues of mutual concern. Earlier in the day, Saudi Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources Ali al-Naimi met with the German delegation. Talks dealt with conditions of the international oil market and bilateral relations in the area of joint investment between the two countries.
King Mohammed VI has sent a message of condolences to Turkish president Souleyman Demirel and gave his instructions for the dispatching of a humanitarian assistance and a rescue team to quake-hit Turkey. The new earthquake jolted northwestern Turkey, where at least 232 persons were killed and 2,657 were wounded by a quake of a 7.2 magnitude on the Richter scale. Morocco has sent a cargo of drugs, tents and blankets and a medical team to Turkey.
A list bearing the names of ten candidates for the best male athlete of the year, including the name of Hicham El Guerrouj, 1,500m world champion and five world records holder, will be released November 21 in Monaco.
An official with the US company Lockheed Martin said yesterday in Dubai 2000 International Aerospace Exhibition that it is expected soon to sign a long-delayed transaction for selling 80 US F-16 jet fighters to the United Arab Emirates, adding that they are still in negotiation about the sale and working on agreeing on financial and technical details.
Jordan's King Abdullah II met on Saturday in Amman with British Minister of Defense Procurement Baroness Symons and members of the delegation accompanying her. Areas of cooperation between Jordan and Britain were discussed, especially the military needs of the Jordanian armed forces and means of developing Jordan's defense capabilities, were reviewed.
Jordanian Prime Minister Abdul Raouf al-Rawabdeh met on Saturday in Amman with a delegation representing the observer general of the Muslim Brothers group, Abdul Majid al-Zuneibat; the secretary general of the Islamic Labor Organization, Abdul Latif Arabeyat; and the two members of the Shoura council of the Muslim Brothers, Jamil Abu Baker and Salem al-Fallahat. The two sides continued discussions on the persons suspended by the Jordanian authorities from the Hamas movement and current contacts made concerning them.
Under the auspices of Egyptian Minister of Health Ismael Salam, the executive bureau of the Arab health ministers will convene the meetings of their 93rd ordinary session in Beirut on March 28-30, 2000. The Arab League's assistant secretary general for social affairs, Dao Seweidan, said the executive bureau will discuss several important issues to prepare for holding meetings of the Arab health ministers.
Moroccan tennis champ Karim Alami won this weekend the Montevideo tournament beating in the final game the Spaniard Galo Blanco (6/3,6/1). Alami, ranking 32d in WTA, is bound to play a leading role in the Latin American series played in several major southern American cities.
The Casablanca Wydad Soccer club lost here Sunday (1/0) to the local "Etoite Sportive du Sahel" in the away game of the African Confederation Football Cup final.
Iraqi Prime Minsiter Salim al-Hoss yesterday asked the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group not to launch any attacks in south Lebanon, saying that the Lebanese resistance is doing "very well," ABC News reported.